FLORENCE, S.C. – Three Francis Marion University School of Education alumni received 2010 awards at a wine and cheese reception, Feb.18, as part of Homecoming activities.
Richard M. McCabe II received the Novice Educator Award, Yvonne P. Rhodes received the Veteran Educator Award and Heather G. Hasty received the Administrator Award.
The Novice Educator Award recognizes a successful FMU graduate who demonstrates leadership in education and has been an educator at the early childhood, elementary, middle, or high school level for one to three years. In addition, the candidate must convey a strong sense of pride and loyalty for his/her alma mater, demonstrate success in his/her educational endeavors and serve his/her community through active involvement in civic and/or charitable and service organizations.
The criteria for the Veteran Educator Award and the Administrator Award are the same as outlined for the Novice Award but he/she must be an educator or administrator at the early childhood, elementary, middle, or high school level with four or more years’ experience.
McCabe graduated from FMU in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He has been employed with Florence School District One for one year and teaches English to students of other languages. He travels to one middle school and five elementary schools in the district. McCabe is also a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the premier honor society in the field of education.
Rhodes graduated from FMU in 1991 with a bachelor’s in political science and in 2001 with a master’s degree in remediation. She has also earned 30 additional credits in social studies beyond her master’s. Rhodes has been a social studies teacher at Wilson High School since the fall of 1991 and has been teaching in the International Baccalaureate Program since its inception in 1996. In the IB program, she teaches American government, economics and history.
Her awards and honors include Secondary Education Student of the Year, Wilson High School Teacher of the Year, S.C. Multiple Sclerosis Volunteer of the Year, and SC Law Related Education Teacher of the Year.
Hasty graduated from FMU in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She also earned a master’s degree in educational administration in 2003 from the University of South Carolina and 30 additional credits in social studies beyond her master’s. She is an assistant principal at Easterling Primary School in Marion and has been for the past four years. Hasty also served as the grade level chair for the second grade at the school.
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